This film contains graphic sexual content and is not advised for audiences under the age of 18.
Under the stage name “Misa The Killer,” Misa struggles to break into the competitive world of Japanese idol performance, as her aggressive pro wrestling gimmick contrasts with her more popular feminine, demure counterparts. A talent scout takes a special interest in her and invites her to join the H Club, which specializes in entertaining clients … with BDSM play. Misa rejects the idea at first, but when she has her first kinky encounter with the club’s top dominatrix Mistress Kanon, she dives deep into her training and learns to let go of her own personal barriers and inhibitions.
Indeed, SAFE WORD is a film all about the exciting underground world of BDSM, applying a mockumentary style to explore the exciting world of being both submissive and dominant to our deepest hidden desires. Yet at its core, it is about a young woman who yearns for external validation and acceptance and discovers it by going inward and surrendering herself to another power, one who has complicated feelings of her own. Equal parts comedy and drama, Misa’s struggle to keep her idyllic life as an aspiring idol apart from her more hedonistic venture is consistently entertaining to watch, right up to its very satisfying climax. Best to approach it with an open mind – there’s a little “hentai” in all of us, after all.